Martin McDonnell had drawn a significant crowd. Every busker, wedding singer, karaoke crooner or shopping centre star-in-waiting dreams of making it as big as the star whose song they're singing. And that was before the pandemic hit. McDonnell almost forgot his words. The laws are very restrictive. The world is constantly changing, but we are dedicated to keeping up with a wide variety of topics like breaking and celebrity news, DIY trends and tips, delicious recipes and quirky facts that will put a smile on your face. They’ve banned drummers completely and if a crowd forms in front of us we’re supposed to stop playing. But when that song came about, it made sense to have her. Jimmy Sommerville even laid his head right onto the shoulder of this talented street guitarist. The London-born vocalist joined a busker to perform an impromptu … Nobody is going to stop and look if you’re not very good.”, It’s a sentiment shared by his BIMM classmate Lara Sweeney Doherty from Donegal. “I went out the other day and made €8. “I think busking brings life to city streets,” he says, adding that with conventional concert venues shuttered, street performances are the closest we are getting to seeing live music. That was a particularly tough time, but it reflects the fact that there aren’t as many people on the streets, especially in the evenings when I’m out. He was a coach on The Voice Australia in 2012 and 2013. © 2020 NME is a member of the media division of BandLab Technologies. Video, 00:01:26Biden: 'Embarrassment' that Trump has not conceded, Republicans decline to acknowledge Biden victory. Video, 00:01:45, Republicans decline to acknowledge Biden victory, Is it too early for Christmas decorations? "I think nothing of it, but I hear him harmonising with me under his breath at times. Mid-way through the song, a lanky man with long hair and baseball cap and sporting a face mask, stepped forward and placed some cash in McDonnell’s guitar case. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). “Already, it’s changed the complexion of Galway. The singer-songwriter had a big surprise for passersby in the streets of Montreal, Canada. 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The busker began performing the song “Smalltown Boy” by Bronski Beat, while street goers pulled out their phones to record the awesome solo. Video, 00:00:40, Up Next, Two-minute silence held for Armistice Day. “And we need the support of the general public to do it. It was among the reasons why Lonely Planet called it the fourth best city in the world to visit. “They seem very short-sighted,” he says, “when you consider the fact that busking and street performance has helped give the city its distinct character. It was a thank you note to artists who have imbued their work with that sense of protest,” he said. © 2020 BBC. Students take part in rapid coronavirus test. McDonnell, who likes to perform outside Brown Thomas, has busked on the street for the past three years and is more aware than most about the challenges the pandemic has brought to people in his trade. 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